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test test test. tonight emergency at the border and the massive operation that started today. the u.s. has begun flying migrants back to haiti after nearly 15,000 were being held under a bridge in texas. the border crossing now closed down. our reporter with exclusive access to the camp. booster confusion. the nation's top doctors defending the fda panel recommendation to limit who should get a covid vaccine booster. >> science playing out in a very transparent way. >> why they think the list of those eligible may soon expand. school shutdowns. more than 2,000 schools have closed
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already this year due to covid outbreaks. the new protocols some districts are using to stay open. breaking news just moments ago. a body has just been found believed to be that of gabby petito. now her fiance, a person of interest after their cross country trip together has gone missing. a military plane crashes into a texas neighborhood. homes damaged. the pilots rushed to the hospital. >> just black smoke everywhere. why are the fish in the sea getting smaller? what it means for the price you pay at the store. what these two young boys did that meant so much to one veteran's family. >> this is nbc "nightly news" with kate snow. good evening. the images from the small border town of del rio, texas have been disturbing. nearly 15,000 migrants mainly haitian forced to live in miserable living conditions in a border patrol camp
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under a bridge. today the united states government began a massive operation to remove them flying many to haiti and busing others to less crowded facilities in the u.s. for further processing. morgan chesky visited the camp today. >> reporter: tonight these are the men, women, and children calling the shade of a texas border bridge home. the group, mostly from haiti, now numbers nearly 15,000 strong. they have come here with little hoping to claim asylum, in turn launching a massive mission for state and federal agencies. secure the border, provide aid, and process every single person. >> over the last two days we have moved approximately 3300 individuals. we expect the number to increase in the days ahead. >> reporter: our crew granted exclusive access to visit with those whose futures remain uncertain. this woman telling us she has been here more than a week and has barely eaten. for many, their only nourishment the food
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and water handouts that can't come fast enough. it has been only a matter of days since this group swelled in size underneath the bridge. as we push this direction you can see that there is already a small city that has essentially formed here in the shadow of the bridge. plants from the river bank are being used in some cases as temporary roofs as children play in the shade. everyone is trying to do whatever they can to stay cool. mass evacuations along the border began this morning. some planes flying migrants from san antonio direct to port-au-prince, haiti. others are being bussed to other processing locations such as el paso and laredo. those flown home today returned to a country still reeling from a devastating earthquake. deportation flights only expected to rise in the coming days. tonight with texas state troopers parked on the banks of the rio grande the message is clear. >> they will not be allowed to enter the united states. >> morgan is in del
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rio. how long will it take to process everyone, morgan? >> reporter: kate, border patrol tells me at least seven days to process every single migrant living beneath this bridge. tonight it remains closed until authorities say they can get the situation more under control. kate? >> thank you, morgan. now to the covid crisis. the fda is meeting again this week to discuss booster shots after a blow to the biden administration's broad plan to roll out a third dose of pfizer this week. it all comes as cases reach new highs across the country including a shocking milestone in one southern state. monica alba is at the white house. >> reporter: president biden riding near his vacation home in rehoboth beach, delaware today as his top health experts cycled through the sunday shows defending the administration's position on boosters after an fda panel rejected a plan to offer third doses to people 16 and over. >> i don't think they made a mistake. >> reporter: the advisory group voting overwhelmingly friday
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to recommend the shots for those over the age of 65 or at severe risk of infection. >> this is the way it ought to be science sort of playing out in a very transparent way. >> reporter: just a month after the president announced an initial target date of tomorrow injecting confusion into the debate. >> the plan is for every adult to get a booster shot eight months after you got your second shot. >> reporter: key fda and cdc committees will meet again this week to discuss approval. with dr. fauci predicting boosters will become widespread eventually. >> i believe that ultimately the real, proper regimen will turn out to be the original two shots plus a boost. >> reporter: health experts are extremely concerned about the millions who still haven't rolled up their sleeves. >> our highest priority still is getting the unvaccinated vaccinated. the highest priority is not getting boosters. >> reporter: as outbreaks continue nationwide. the new orleans saints playing without seven
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coaches due to covid protocol sunday. while in alabama overall deaths outnumbered births for the first time in 2020. a gap never before recorded state officials say, many included in the more than 670,000 white flags dotting the national mall in washington, d.c. to memorialize all who have lost their lives to covid-19 in the u.s. so far. >> monica joins us from the white house. what about boosters for the other two vaccine options? >> reporter: the fda is still waiting on data from moderna and johnson & johnson to make recommendations on additional doses for americans who got those shots initially, which dr. fauci expects could come in the next few weeks. kate? >> all right. monica alba at the white house, thank you. now to our other breaking news story, late today authorities announcing a possible break in the high profile case of missing woman gabby petito. a body was found in wyoming near the young woman's last known whereabouts. >> earlier today human
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remains were discovered consistent with the description of gabriel "gabby" petito. full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery. >> cnbc's valerie castro is with us from jackson hole, wyoming. this is her family's worst nightmare, valerie. >> kate, this is the news they have been fearing the most. and the fbi made the discovery in the campground behind me along the eastern border of grand teton national park in wyoming. they were led to this area after tips from the public came in that reported seeing gabby and her boyfriend brian as well as the white van they had been traveling in in this area toward the end of august. her family first reported her missing on september 11th after more than a week had gone by without any word from her. in that time her boyfriend brian was back in florida with that white van. brian has now been reported missing by
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authorities there in florida but it appears the search for gabby is now over. no cause of death has been released. kate? >> all right. thank you. we are also following breaking news about a military plane that crashed into a residential texas neighborhood this afternoon. two pilots were injured and several homes damaged there. it happened in the dallas/ft. worth neighborhood of lake worth. matt bradley has the latest. >> reporter: shortly before 11:00 a.m. -- >> a plane just crashed into all of those houses. >> reporter: -- a military plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in north texas. >> oh, man. our whole, entire street smelled like gasoline and jet fuel. it was just black smoke everywhere. >> reporter: sending a huge column of smoke into the air and damaging at least three homes. >> it could have been a lot worse if it would have been a direct contact into a residence. >> reporter: the navy training jet slammed into back yards, the two pilots, an
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instructor, and student were able to eject before the crash. >> people jumped out of the plane with parachutes. oh, my god. my hands are shaking. >> reporter: landing in power lines and on the ground, both pilots are being treated. one is in critical condition. >> there is a parachute with people. >> reporter: the pilots had been conducting a routine training mission flying out of corpus christie international airport. authorities say they still don't know what caused the trainer jet to go down. >> i would imagine for a pilot this is the day you dread, that you hope never comes. we just want them and their families to know our thoughts and prayers are with them. >> reporter: thoughts and prayers for a tragedy that could have been far worse. matt bradley, nbc news. >> we are one step closer to space tourism tonight after an historic end to a groundbreaking mission. the all civilian spacex crew now safely back on planet earth. and now the celebration.
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>> reporter: tonight a new era ushered in by four brave americans. >> inspiration 4 well come home to planet earth. >> reporter: the tiny spacex dragon capsule returning to earth traveling 17,500 miles per hour. parachutes slowed their speed to 15 miles an hour. splashdown. and then that celebration. >> and there piqued
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interest. >> thank you. lester holt by the way has an exclusive interview with all four crew members revealing fascinating details about their journey. you can catch all of that tomorrow on "today" and on "nightly news." when we come back the new covid school closings and how some districts are making changes to keep kids safe. also the island paradise where also the island paradise where resints adere regina approaches the all-electric cadillac lyriq. it's a sunny day. nah, a stormy day. ♪ ♪ we see a close up of the grille
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states. in philadelphia covid outbreaks shut down at least four schools since opening up in recent weeks. more than 100,000 south carolina students have missed in-person learning due to the virus. in new york, ps-79 is the first public school in the nation's largest school district to close starting monday due to possible widespread exposure. with more than a year's worth of classroom time lost during the pandemic some school districts are turning to testing to keep in-person learning the strategy being applied in utah where the test to stay protocol is triggered when schools hit a certain threshold for outbreaks. administrators still have the option to go remote but mass testing allows students who are negative and asymptomatic to return to class. those who choose not to get tested would stay home. lindsay harris has four kids enrolled in utah schools. three are under 12 years old. >> if this program wasn't in effect how disruptive do you think the school year would be for you right now? >> it could be all
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over the place. in our community it is the best way for us to keep them as safe as possible. >> reporter: a study published in "the lancet" medical journal suggests this approach is a safe alternative to home isolation. but according to the "new york times" the cdc does not recommend or endorse a test to stay program at this time. a new school year with a big learning curve as covid continues to complicate lives. >> kathy joins us live from new york. so is frequent testing catching on to keep kids in school this year? >> reporter: it certainly is picking up all across the country from california to illinois to massachusetts. while the implementation varies the goal is the same, to keep kids in the classroom. kate? >> absolutely. okay. kathy, thank you. a reminder you can visit plan your to find more information any time on where you can be vaccinated. still ahead, dangerous storms now hitting the southern u.s. we'll tell you where they're heading next plus how climate change is
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we're back with breaking news from spain. a volcano is erupting on the small spanish island of la palma part of the canaries. today it started blasting ash and smoke and now lava is flowing close to homes and villages below. evacuations are under way and soldiers have been called in to help residents there. no injuries so far but several roads have reportedly collapsed. back in this country 15 million people are under flood alerts across the southeast tonight after fierce storms hit alabama this weekend. this is what it looked like in tuscaloosa with water covering roads and cars and more on the way with parts of the gulf, georgia, and tennessee on alert for downpours
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through tomorrow night. we're watching two new tropical storms tonight as well. peter and tropical storm rose. peter is currently 350 miles east off the leeward islands moving west-northwest and could impact the island of bermuda next weekend but not expected to threaten the u.s. tonight we are kicking off a series of nbc news reports about climate change and the environment. we begin with seafood. why it is shrinking and you're paying more for less. >> reporter: beauty on the banks. and plates of washington's puget sound. yet in the kitchen, a disturbing sign of the times. shrinking salmon. >> this is a beautiful portion right here but today when i go look into the box i get one like this. >> reporter: the executive chef will send the smaller piece back. ten years ago how often would you get a piece of fish like this and how often do
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you get it today? >> ten years ago, we wouldn't see anything like this. >> reporter: what he sees is backed up by a recent scientific study. >> the salmon sandwich. >> reporter: the salmon he gets from alaska are shrinking as much as 8%. why? scientists point to salmon returning to fresh water at a younger age from a hotter ocean. on the east coast it is clams. >> climate change has devastated the shell fish industry in maine. >> reporter: he leads the maine clammers association. >> in 1976 when it was still cold we harvested between 35,000,040 million pounds of soft shell clams a year and last year we were under 7 million. >> reporter: whether in maine or here in washington state the problem is the same. warming waters. that is impacting the foods you love to eat. seattle is synonymous with salmon but here in this area this biologist says fewer salmon come back to spawn. >> we attribute that to climate change.
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>> reporter: how do you know it is climate change? >> so we have decades of air temperature data and water temperature data. >> reporter: ideally the water should be no warmer than 59 degrees. but over the last decade it's too warm as much as 92% of the time when the salmon return. >> so you have to have 350,000 sockeye to be able to fish in our watershed and that hasn't happened in almost 15 years. >> reporter: all this means shrinking choices on the menu. king salmon is now a rarity. >> it might only be a nightly special versus having it on the core menu. >> reporter: and prices are higher. as they are for clams in new england. this clam shack paying a hundred dollars more a gallon. driving prices up and supplies down, invasive green crabs that thrive in warm water and feast on clams. destroying food and culture. >> clams are to maine what cowboys are to texas. >> salmon is vital to our economy.
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something surprising. >> we parked our bikes then we put our backpack and computers down. >> what happened next moved jackie hornbeck to tears. >> they put their arms behind their backs and just respectfully stood the whole time "taps" was playing. ♪♪ >> reporter: taps for the funeral procession of 89-year-old charles everett yorn an army veteran who served in korea, a man they had never met. from across the street, jackie took photos of the boys standing at attention. >> it was such an emotional moment i actually stood up from where i was sitting on the porch when it happened. it was beautiful. they were so respectful and gave me such chills. >> reporter: the images making a big impact on social media. >> we're here to honor these two young men. >> reporter: and stirring a renewed sense of pride in batesville. >> and from all of us veterans, we want to say thank you. >> reporter: the boys
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and their parents honored at a town meeting. >> things like this don't happen without having parents who are involved and doing a great job teaching our children the right ways of this world. >> reporter: for mr. yorn's daughters the boys' gesture speaks to the importance of treating the nation's service members with the dignity they deserve. >> when i saw the picture it made me feel proud and even more proud to know there are kids in this world today that showed their respect like they did. when you see something like that, it gives you hope. >> reporter: veteran cecil ison says it is the kind of moment that is vital in a country that feels increasingly fractured. >> even if you don't agree with each other there is no reason we can't be civil and love each other just like everyone wants to be treated and say, thanks, i appreciate you, brother. ♪♪ >> by the way mr. yorn
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leaves a big legacy beyond his service. he is a grandpa to 16, great grandpa to 36, and even five great grandchildren. one last note i had a conversation this week with actor ben platt from my digital series "the drink" about how people make it to the top of their field. ben is only 27, already has a grammy, emmy, and tony for his starring role in evan hanson. it is all at nbc drink or on the nbc "nightly news" podcast. i'm kate snow. for all of us here at nbc news, stay safe and have a great night.
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